Ancient Celtic hand fasting
As a Pagan and earth focused custom, handfasting is traditionally performed outside and, if possible, – under an ancient oak tree.
One year and a day ceremony – As with the original intention of the Celtic hand fasting, this wonderful ceremony celebrates a couple’s engagement. The coloured cord is loosely tied around the couple’s hands to symbolise their intention to commit to each other.
A full Celtic handfasting ceremony – Held outside (weather allowing), surrounded by nature, this beautiful full ceremony calls on the couple to pledge their love to each other. The celebrant calls upon the elements, 4 cardinal points, before blessing the rings. The cords are tightly fastened around the couple’s wrists – the “Tying of the Knot” – and they share cake and drink. The ceremony takes place within a spiritually charged “circle” of flowers, with the guests standing on the outside, and is completed as the couple jump over the besom, or broom, to start their future blessed life together.
Modern Day Handfasting
The Knot Ceremony – This is a heart-warming partial handfasting that can be used alongside your wedding ceremony and is performed immediately after the saying of the vows. The Knot Ceremony allows you to bring romance and a spiritual element to your ceremony, if you want something more than the production line of the Register Office. I am delighted to be able to combine any elements of handfasting to your personally written ceremony, allowing you to create your own meaning to your special day.